Constitution Culture Politics

A Third Revolution

The United States of America was birthed from revolution against the tyranny of a King. Our founders gave us a constitutional republic based on personal responsibility and personal liberty and strong property rights which became the freest, most prosperous society ever invented by man. When a Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin what the Constitutional Convention of 1787 had produced, he replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Keeping it may require defenders willing to use force. That is what the second amendment is about.

Note that the founders used a “Constitutional Convention” to create the American republic. Without the constitution we would be a representative democracy. Democracy is tyranny by the majority, or tyranny by whatever minority party is in power. The Constitution is supposed to be the method for protecting the minorities from the majorities and from the government itself.

Over time, the plain text of the Constitution has been muddled by judicial interpretations based more on ideology and politics than that plain text. Stare decisis forces lower courts to use those questionable decisions as precedent, further weakening minority protections. The fact that the republic inevitably becomes more like a democracy was well understood by the founders. It was Thomas Jefferson who said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

GW DelawareAmerica has never been more divided. Unfortunately, the collectivists have achieved critical mass. They use their 51% democratic majority to force the 49% minority to conform to their vision of utopia where everyone will be equal to the least among us. Those of us who favor a constitutional republic over a democracy have lost the second American Revolution.

Whether it will require a third revolution or a second civil war to return to the America envisioned by our founders depends on your frame of view. Unfortunately, neither is going to happen while there is a chicken in every pot. As long as the productive minority of this country is able to scratch out enough of a living to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, they will not risk the chaos of revolution. The revolution will start when the majority runs out of other people’s money with which to pacify their followers.

 

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Rodney McFarland

Founder and past president of Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights which currently has chapters in Washington and California. Rodney grew up babysitting 150 head of Black Angus cows on 400 acres in South Dakota. He studied Wildlife and Fisheries Management at South Dakota State University and Engineering at the University of Alaska but spent most of his life as a computer programmer in the Seattle area. He is currently semi-retired in Albuquerque and working on a series of novels highlighting the downside of socialism.

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